Here’s a look at what Trump and Putin have said about each other

President-elect Donald Trump has often been criticized for his apparent affinity for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On several occasions, Trump has heaped praise on Putin and the Russian president has reciprocated.

The mutual platitudes have been questioned by many, but a new CIA report alleging Russia tried to help Trump win the US election has thrust their rhetorical liaisons back into the spotlight.

Here’s a look at what Trump and Putin have said about each other.


At the end of 2015, Vladimir Putin lauded Trump’s presidential campaign, calling him “an absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it.”

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In response to Putin’s compliments Trump said: “It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”

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Putin has called Trump a “very outstanding man” and “unquestionably talented.”

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When Russia continued its military buildup in Syria and Putin backed the country’s President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, Trump declared the Russian leader earned an “A” in leadership.

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Trump not only gave the Russian leader an “A,” he also said Putin has been a better leader than US President Barack Obama. “He is really very much of a leader,” Trump said of Putin. “The man has very strong control over his country. Now, it’s a very different system, and I don’t happen to like the system, but certainly in that system he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.”

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At a national security forum in September, Trump explained his friendly relationship with Putin saying: “If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him.”

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When asked about allegations that Putin orchestrated the deaths of his political opponents and journalists, Trump defended Putin: “I haven’t seen any evidence that he killed anybody.”

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After Trump won the election November 8, Putin sent the president-elect a telegram congratulating him on his victory.

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